Tidal energy colossus Atlantis Resources – which is building the world’s biggest subsea power station in the Pentland Firth – has signed an agreement with a France-based developer of offshore wind floating foundation solutions.
The deal with Ideol follows the company’s decision earlier this year to establish Atlantis Energy, a new division, based in Edinburgh to expand its offerings into non-tidal stream project development.
The collaboration will seek to initiate the development of a floating offshore wind project of up to 1.5 GW, with a pre-commercial phase of up to 100MW commissioned by 2021.
Atlantis will lead the review, selection and consenting of UK sites and in attracting third party funding. Ideol will design the technical concepts and be the exclusive provider for the floating foundation systems.
Abundant offshore wind resources, governmental incentives and support frameworks combined with extensive oil and gas, maritime and fixed offshore wind experience will position the UK as one of the market leaders for floating wind projects. Atlantis and Ideol intend to deliver the pathfinder project that will catalyse a boom in future floating offshore wind development in the UK.
Potential development sites will be disclosed in future statements, however the Ideol foundation opens vast new development opportunities in resource rich locations right across the UK.
Atlantis Energy has already generated much interest from potential investors, developers and industrial partners, particularly in the floating offshore wind sector.
Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive, Atlantis, commented: “Ideol is a high quality, technically proficient, world-leading technology and services company capable of delivering cost-competitive floating offshore wind solutions to a market that is voracious in its appetite for large scale offshore wind development at an optimised cost of energy.
“Our agreement is a significant step in our diversification strategy and leverages our existing skill set accumulated during the progression of our tidal portfolio.
“To now be seeking to develop a large floating offshore wind project alongside the UK’s largest tidal stream project is truly exciting.
“We want to leverage Ideol’s expertise in designing, engineering, building and installing floating offshore wind substructures to bring UK consumers affordable, sustainable and secure power.”
Based in La Ciotat on the French Riviera, Ideol was created in 2010 with the aim of developing technically and economically viable floating foundation solutions for the offshore wind industry. Recipient of numerous innovation and entrepreneurship awards, the company benefits from the support of a large and prestigious panel of public and private investors.
Paul de la Guérivière, Ideol Chief Executive, commented: “With two full-scale demonstrators currently under construction in France and in Japan, as well as a pre-commercial wind farm under permitting in the French Mediterranean, Ideol and its patented damping pool® technology are at the forefront of a cost competitive and rapidly accelerating floating offshore wind industry.
“We are very excited by our partnership with an ambitious organisation such as Atlantis which has demonstrated its unique ability to develop innovative projects and to catalyse financing from strategic investors, in particular in a key market for Ideol such as the UK.
“Our strategic goal is now focusing on the development of large commercial scale wind farm projects with several opportunities currently under review in and outside of Europe.”